National Book Award for Poetry

awarded since 1950

 

2014 selection

Faithful and Virtuous Night

National Book Award for Poetry 2014

by Louise Gluck

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry

A luminous, seductive new collection from the “fearless” (The New York Times) Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

Louise Glück is one of the finest American poets...


2013 selection

Incarnadine

National Book Award for Poetry 2013

by Mary Szybist

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry

* A Publishers Weekly Top Five Poetry Book of 2013 *

* Amazon's Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 *

* A Kansas City Star Top Book of the Year *

In Incarnadine...


2010 selection

Lighthead

National Book Award for Poetry 2010

by Terrance Hayes

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the...


2008 selection

Fire to Fire

National Book Award for Poetry 2008

by Mark Doty

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of his seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. His signature style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully wrought, as one of...


2007 selection

Time and Materials

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2008, National Book Award for Poetry 2007

by Robert Hass

The poems in Robert Hass's new collection—his first to appear in a decade—are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This...


2005 selection

Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003

National Book Award for Poetry 2005

by Jean Valentine

The collected works of one of America’s most innovative poets.


1991 selection

What Work Is

National Book Award for Poetry 1991

by Philip Levine

Winner of the National Book Award in 1991

 

“This collection amounts to a hymn of praise for all the workers of America. These proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, Loo, Sweet Pea, and Packy, work the...


1983 selection

Country Music: Selected Early Poems

National Book Award for Poetry 1983

by Charles Wright & David St. John

A compilation of powerful and moving poems from early in the poet’s career.


1966 selection

Buckdancer's Choice: Poems

National Book Award for Poetry 1966

by James Dickey

Poetry that is a blend of superb gift and subtle imagination by a mature and original poet at his finest.


1955 selection

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1955, National Book Award for Poetry 1955

by Wallace Stevens

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"

- "Ideas of Order"

- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"

- "Parts of the World"

- "Transport...